Under water: How rising waters cost us all

Deputy PM Trinh Dinh Dung and IPCC Chair Hoesung Lee. Font Size

The IPCC report reveals the widespread effects of global warming of 1.5°C and above, which includes increased coastal flooding and the salinization of river beds, besides increased heatwaves.

It is hoped that this report by the United Nations, which lays out the devastating consequences of environmental pollution, will act as a catalyst for countries to discard political agendas and start taking climate change seriously.

That's why the panel is urging world leaders to keep global warming under 1.5 degrees C rather than the looser goal of staying under 2 C set at the Paris climate change conference in 2015.

As one of the countries hardest hit by climate change, Vietnam has been actively performing global commitments and exerting efforts to ease its impacts, on official has said.

For global environmental policies, it will be crucial to have USA on board. However, scientists and climate change researchers were quick to vocalize their doubts about the cap and how effective and practical it would be. their goal felt so unattainable that they proposed a second cap, aiming to stall the rise in temperature at 2 degrees Celsius, (3.6 Fahrenheit).

"The worldwide community must emerge with critically important implementation guidelines for operationalizing the Paris Agreement", he said, adding that all countries now needed to "heed the counsel of the world's top scientists: raise ambition, rapidly strengthen their national climate action plans, and urgently accelerate implementation of the Paris Agreement".

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He said the faster governments embrace the renewable energy revolution and move to protect communities at risk, the more lives and livelihoods that would be spared.

The Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormack, was about to announce the Government's rejection of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report's warning to phase out coal-generated power by 2050, when a single hailstone dramatically crushed his lectern.

The likelihood of an Arctic Ocean free of sea ice in summer would be once per century with global warming of 1.5°C, compared with at least once per decade with 2ºC. Half a degree less of warming could even save some of the world's coral reefs.

Droughts and food shortages will likely increase as well, leading to conflicts and heightened levels of terrorism.

Wiesen also congratulated Vietnam on pioneering the update of its NDC through a dynamic and participatory process, where all ministries have taken an active role in defining their targets and identifying their priorities and actions. Global net emissions of carbon dioxide would need to fall by 45 per cent from 2010 levels by 2030, and reach "net zero" around 2050. He has also vowed to increase the burning of coal by the country.

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